Kobe, parents reach settlement over memorabilia auction
Bryant sued Goldin Auctions and told the company to cancel its June auction. The Los Angeles Lakers guard said his mother, Pamela, did not have the right to sell his memorabilia. Only six items remain in the auction.
Bryant's parents, who had contracted with Goldin to sell the items, apologized in a written statement.
"We regret our actions and statements related to the Kobe Bryant auction memorabilia," Joe and Pamela Bryant said in the statement provided by a publicist. "We apologize for any misunderstanding and unintended pain we have caused our son and appreciate the financial support he has provided over the years. We also apologize to Goldin Auctions for their inadvertent involvement in this matter and thank them for their assistance."
Goldin Auctions said they can still make more than $500,000 combined from the items still available for auction. The auction house said that auction will include jerseys worn by Bryant when he played for Lower Merion High School, two NBA championship rings from 2000, and his 2000 NBA All-Star Game ring. Bryant's parents received $450,000 up front from Goldin.